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Speaking of Public Humanities

At the Humanities Center, we see the humanities as a part of a cultural conversation extending well beyond colleges and universities. Numerous recent graduates of the Center have used their degrees to pursue non-academic careers. Their work in both the public and private sectors testifies to the Center’s commitment to preparing students for diverse career paths. 

John Duda (’12) and Kate Khatib (’13) founded Red Emma’s in Baltimore. The bookstore and café is both a hub of cultural activity in the city and a worker cooperative and organizing space for a family of projects dedicated to experimenting in self-organized education. More information can be found at Red Emma’s website: Both have also published for general audiences. Kate is a press organizer at AK Press, a worker-run publishing and distribution company. She is the co-editor of We are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation, which AK Press released in 2012. John is the editor of Wanted: Men to Fill the Jails of Spokane! released in 2009 by Charles H. Kerr publishers.

Ximena Vengoecha (’11) is currently a user researcher at Twitter. Since her time in the Center, Ximena has built an impressive résumé in the tech industry as a production manager at Sonar, a social media start up, and as a product researcher at LinkedIn. On the side, she also writes advice columns for Fast Company, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.

Daniela Ginsburg (’09) is a professional French translator specializing in scholarly, legal, and commercial translation and interpreting. She has developed her entrepreneurial spirit and linguistic expertise into her own business. Daniela’s extensive list of published translations, editing projects, and legal projects can be found at

   Scott Gottbrecht (pictured with Baltimore
   Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake) is currently
   Assistant Director for Strategic Partnerships 
   at the United Way of Central Maryland. Scott
   began working with the United Way while
   pursuing studies in the economics and
   philosophy of homelessness in America. His
   advocacy on behalf of the homeless, including
   regular surveys of Baltimore’s homeless
   population, has helped to bring Johns Hopkins
   in closer contact with the Baltimore

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